Fossil Free MIT is an MIT-recognized student group made up of MIT undergrads, grad students, postdocs, faculty, staff and alumni. From physicists to architects, nano-engineers to urban planners, and attorneys to activists, our backgrounds and interests are diverse and international.
We support MIT students in ethical reflection, inquiry and action. As part of our mission, we offer mentoring, logistical support and financial backing to new student initiatives that will make a difference in the world.
Current Student Initiatives
Science for the People is interested in the structure and social implications of scientific research. For instance, how has funding from the military affected the research agenda at places like MIT? Why is relatively little money allocated nationally for climate change research? Why are there such disparities - in race, gender, and socioeconomic class - in the training and promotion of scientific researchers?
We are very proud to annouce the 11th Annual Youth Summit on Climate and Sustainablity on May 13. This decade+ relationship is a cornerstone of our spring semester and an exciting way to connect with the youth of Boston/Cambridge and the metropolitan area.
Nuclear Weapons Matter (formally known as MIT Global Zero) is a student-led group that believes that awareness and knowledge regarding nuclear weapons is the responsibiilty of every citizen. NWM seeks to provide a forum for in-depth discussions about nuclear weapons, the scientific, political and moral dimensions of nuclear armaments, the national and international implications of nuclear policies, and ways to achieve sustained disarmament on the international level.
In 2007, we began mentoring a student club at the Boston Latin School. When the first meeting was organized by BLS History teacher Cate Arnold, we were expecting a few students to show up. Instead, over 80 students packed the room, excited to begin the work of the BLS Youth Climate Action Network (BLSYouthCAN). On May 19, 2008, BLSYouthCAN hosted the first Youth Summit on Climate Change at MIT with more than 225 students attending. With our ongoing support, this annual summit has reached a wide audience of New England high-school students, inspiring a new generation to take action in response to one of the greatest ethical challenges of our time.